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Austin Chronicle Mr. Smarty Pants

By Mr. Smarty Pants

MAY 29, 2000: 

A yoke is that plastic thing used to hold six-packs together.


For about $39 per day, a GPS-based electronic bracelet transmitter can allow a person's location, to the nearest 150 feet, to be tracked by satellite.


Fresh water will cause wood to rot faster than salt water.


An EPA study in 1985 estimated that 5,000 Americans died each year from lead-related heart disease before the 1986 ban on lead gasoline additives. Since 1986, the average blood level of lead in Americans has declined by 75%.


The proper term for snapping one's fingers is to fillip.


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